Overcoming our obstacles

In the Yoga Sutras of Patajanli we are told of the five afflications or obstacles in our lives that cause us pain and suffering. These Kleshas are Asmita, Raga, Dvesha, Abihinivesah and Avidya.  The first stage in working with the kleshas is to simply acknowledge that they exist in some form or other in our lives.  To understand that our lives are affected by our ego, our likes, our dislikes, our fear of loss and these combine together to form our misconception, misunderstanding of when is happening in and around us. Read more

Raga and Dvesha – Attraction and Aversion

Raga and Dvesha are the second and third branches of the tree of avidya that cause pain and suffering in our lives. Raga is the attraction for things that bring satisfaction to oneself. Our desire for pleasurable experiences creastes mindless actions and blind-sighted vision. When we cannot obtain what we desire, we suffer. When we do obtain what we desire, our feelings of pleasure soon fade and we being our search for pleasure again, becoming trapped in an endless cycle. We want something because it was pleasant yesterday, or at some point in the past, not because we really need it today. Read more

Asmita – the ego

The Kleshas are the obstacles or hindrances which Patanjali described in his Yoga Sutras.  They are often depicted as a tree with Avidya (ignorance) considered the trunk of the tree and the other four Kleshas namely Asmita (ego), Raga (Attraction), Devsha (aversion) and Abhinivesah (fear of death) seen to be the branches of the tree. It is difficult for us to become aware of our own ignorance about reality and Patanjali taught that we can identify more readily with the branches of the tree. Read more

Happy International Yoga Day and Summer Solstice 2017

Today 21st June is International Yoga day and the summer solstice for 2017.

In 2015 Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi asked the world leaders to adopt an International Yoga Day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Addressing the 193-member UN General Assembly in United Nations. Modi said “Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” Noting that Yoga is “an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition”, he said: “It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. Read more